Chapter 11 - Chapter 11 Why should we care about local...

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Why should we care about local governments? Local governments provide fundamental public services (health, sewage maintenance, etc.) to communities. Local governments are more accessible Types of local government Counties o A geographic subdivision of state government o Ex. Brazos County, Texas Municipalities o Political jurisdictions such as cites, villages, or towns incorporated under state law to provide governance to a defined geographic area. o Ex. Bryan, Texas or College Station, Texas Special Districts o Local governmental units created for a single purpose o Ex. College station school districts Why do localities differ? Democracy’s “Petri Dish” o See where government grows best. local governments serve sub-state populations o More demographic and geographic variance Localities reflect the political and cultural traditions of specific geographic areas More overlapping responsibilities. Federalism and local government
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2008 for the course POLS 207 taught by Professor Peterson during the Fall '07 term at Texas A&M.

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Chapter 11 - Chapter 11 Why should we care about local...

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